Sunday, August 24, 2014

All quiet but I wasn't sleeping.

Don't forget Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada will speaking at the Stanford Perrot Theatre at ACAD, Calgary THIS Tuesday from 7pm.
Don't miss this opportunity.

Go here to check the details.
Tickets also available at the door.

Please share this information with your creative friends.

 YOSHIKO IWAMOTO WADA is an artist, author, curator, textile researcher and has long been an exponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production. She holds a BFA in Textile Art from Kyoto City Fine Arts University, MFA in Painting from University of Colorado, Boulder, and has studied Japanese silk embroidery, ikat weaving and indigo dyeing. She consults to designers including; Christina Kim of DOSA Inc., Los Angeles and Colleen Atwood for the movie ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’
The lecture will explore the complex strands and diverse approaches being taken by contemporary Japanese designers. With a focus on textiles and clothing, the selected case studies will highlight the extraordinary and innovative designs which seamlessly merge the boundaries between art and design; traditions and focus on textiles and clothing, the selected case studies will highlight their extraordinary and innovative designs which seamlessly merge the boundaries between art and design; traditional and technology; and makers and market.
Case studies include:  Issey Miyake, Tokyo; Jurgen Lehl of Tokyo; sou sou in Kyoto, Christina Kim of dosa inc in L.A., Organic Cotton/ Appachi in India; Arimatsu/Narumi shibori center and Suzuan e.K. in Germany. 

If you get to ACAD a  little early you can look around the fantastic exhibition by Summer Residency participants at Contextural's post-residency show.
Here is their pamphlet. (though a little difficult to read as I only had a pdf... I will replace if you guys send me a jpg. - thanks).

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Next SDA meeting in Calgary Thursday 26th June at 7pm Emmedia

Click on the image to open it and manage to read the actual info! Thanks

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Rufus you have some nice shibori there

Shibori is everywhere... and so like some of my own creations.
Here is Rufus Wainwright showing how cool it is to wear shibori.

I would be so honoured if he was wearing a boutonniere that I had made but, sadly, it is not one of mine.
However.....  Thanks M I for commissioning and then sporting this one below and detail here.

For more information on how to obtain one of these intriguing, individual - at least I used to think so!  - and most striking fashion accessories contact me by commenting below.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Don't miss early bird ticket to hear Yoshiko

Go here to buy your ticket before 1 June, when early bird ticket availability ends.

Thursday, May 1, 2014


May meeting of SDA in Calgary

Members and non-members welcome

Please come along to the next meeting

On: Wednesday 21 May
At: 1127-38 Ave S.W.
From: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
A donation of $5 will be requested of non-members

Please bring some lap activity that falls into the general and completely stretchable category of ‘stitching’; this could include knitting, crochet/tatting…. or some such, hand embroidery or making of some sort.
This meeting is designed to be  a stitch-in, so that we can push work on with a project we have on the go and particularly if you are working on  a Slofemist project from a previous SDA meetings, do bring that….   

Arlee Barr will give a brief chat and demonstration of her recent works of stunning and flabbergastory hand stitched pieces.

During the stitching we will be discussing the future of SDA in Alberta.  There is news and I hope that many of you can attend to hear and give your feedback.
It would be great also to have a Skype link to folks in Lethbridge and/or Edmonton so please get in touch (with Karin)  if you wish this to happen.

Please RSVP Lynda Williamson: 403-243-7411  
for more information,  Karin:    


Early Bird tickets 
for the lecture by Yoshiko Wada in August 
are on sale now.
Save some money by purchasing your ticket early.

Yoshiko Wada 
will speak on

Sustainability in Textile Design & Production

Go to Eventbrite and buy your ticket with a credit card.
Early Bird Ticket Sale ends June 1st 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The weekend was....


Go here to see more images from the SDA show What's on the Surface, there are two blog entries to look at but here is a more personal image... my rock...

The work by Wendy Harris Williams lower centre was his personal favourite.
And above it the work by Wendy Passmore-Godfrey seem to hold his attention.

Monday, April 7, 2014

It's going to be a heavy weekend!

Hello friends,
I am speaking at This is My City this week.
My tale of rebuilding concerns ‘How’ marvellous the people of Calgary are, when faced with adversity and actually, always !
Please come and hear the amazing stories and help make this annual event the best it can be!!!  Love those clich├ęs.

And check out here…. to see what else you would enjoy from the This is My City schedule.

April 12
Central Library
Main Floor
Join us for a fun and fast-paced series of presentations that reflect a diversity of responses to both art making and flood stories. Told against the backdrop of powerful images and followed by questions and discussion, Six Minute Stories will inform and provoke. Please check our website for speaker updates.

Another show you might like not to miss.
I have just learnt about and see the work of Sean O’Connell online, he is showing his work at ACAD this week to next.
And there is an opening on the 10th.
See if you can make it.